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EXCLUSIVE: A top government watchdog on Wednesday alerted President Trump and Congress that Customs and Border Protection (CBP), through a “disturbing” pattern of misconduct, has endangered the public for nearly a decade by failing to comply with a federal law requiring that the agency collect DNA samples from detained migrants.
In a scathing letter to Trump, exclusively obtained by Fox News, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said CBP’s “noncompliance with the law has allowed subjects subsequently accused of violent crimes, including homicide and sexual assault, to elude detection even when detained multiple times by CBP or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”
The article goes on to state the following:
The OSC told the White House that it was taking the “strongest possible step” to “rebuke the agency’s failure to comply with the law,” as well as its “unreasonable” attempts to defend its own conduct.
Under the law, CBP was required to collect DNA from individuals in its custody, to be run against FBI violent-crimes databases. The procedure is separate from DNA collection designed to establish familial relationships among migrants at the border.
Scathing letter from Office of Special Counsel, sent to Trump and obtained exclusively by Fox News, slams “disturbing” failure by CBP to enforce DNA collection law, says murderers were allowed to go free https://t.co/CaIn3pEDGp
— Gregg Re (@gregg_re) August 21, 2019
READ THE REPORT IN THE LETTER BELOW:
In their exclusive report, Fox News also provided the following information:
CBP’s behavior constituted an “unacceptable dereliction of the agency’s law enforcement mandate,” Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner wrote. Additionally, Kerner said that CBP’s internal review of its own conduct, which cleared the agency of any unlawful activity, was “disingenuous.”
“It is disturbing that this would occur even once, let alone routinely for approximately a decade,” he added. “Many cold cases might have been solved — and victims of violent crimes granted closure — by now if CBP had complied with its obligations under the law.”
So under @TheDemocrats administrations of @BillClinton & @BarackObama – Law was ignored, #DNA was not taken, & rapists/murderers were given a #freepass at the border allowing them to “elude detection.”
— Kevin McCullough (@KMCRadio) August 21, 2019
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